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earthquake could cost the city of christchurch nearly $1.5 billion. more than five buildings were damaged in the quake and only two serious injuries reported. most of the power is back on, but people still have to boil their water in order to drink it. a 12-hour curfew is in effect to prevent looting and protect people from unstable buildings. all right. this week the economy remains issue number one. for voters it's likely to be a driving force in the midterm elections. in three days president obama unveils a new plan to ease america's economic worries. we're covering all the bases. kate bolduan is in washington with more on the president's plan. paul is in pittsburgh traveling with the cnn express bus hearing from people on the road. kate, the president's plan, what do we know that he will be revealing? >> some details. an administration official says
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the plan president obama is expected to announce will permanently extend research and development tax credits for businesses. that is being described as a key element of the new plan, but not the only piece. also administration officials say the white house is considering new infrastructure spending as well as payroll -- a payroll tax holiday as possible options being discussed by the president's economic team. a lot of moving parts to this as you can see. all of this, though, is set against the backdrop of the fast approaching midterm elections. the white house is anxious to show it's working hard to spur economic growth, at the same time. a tough time equals a tough political climate for the party in power. that topic, the economy and the politics of it, was the big issue on the sunday talk shows today. >> the centerpiece of the democratic agenda for the first two years has been the health care bill. not one candidate on the campaign trail is talking about it. the stimulus bill that was supposed to keep us at 8% or
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below unemployment has been an absolute disaster. it grew the government instead of creating private sector jobs. let's go into the stimulus bill, cancel a lot of the big spending government programs in the stimulus bill. look at health care, get it off the public's back and extend all the tax cuts. >> we have to remind people when president clinton left office we had a surplus, a record deficit over $1.3 trillion when president obama took office. why? the republicans had unpaid for wars, tax cuts, entitlement. do you believe three days later you can trust them on fiscal matters? >> you heard there from longtime adviser to president obama david plouffe and before that republican senator lindsey graham. both republicans and democrats, fredricka, are trying that make their case and make clear who they want voters to think is to blame for the tough economic times the country continues to face. you can be sure we're going to be hearing this in the coming weeks. >> kate bolduan, beginning with this wednesday when the president does reveal that plan.
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thanks so much. in washington, appreciate that. meantime, there are only 58 days left before the big midterm elections. paul steinhauser is on the road with the election express bus. so you're in pittsburgh. people are talking, of course, about the economy all throughout pennsylvania and the rest of the country talking about the economy. is there going to be a real parallel between what the president says or promises and how that might impact november 2nd? >> reporter: you are absolutely right, fred. you and kate were just talking about it. there's a lot of policy in what the president will say on wednesday when he lays out his plans but there's also a lot of politics at play. look where he's going to give that speech, next door from here. he's going to be in ohio, where he's going to give the speech where the democrats are trying to hold on to a governorship and a bunch of house seats. we're in neighboring pennsylvania. behind me, of course, pittsburgh. president obama is coming to pennsylvania in two weeks. he's going to campaign with joe sestak, the democrats' senate nominee here. this is a state, pennsylvania,
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where the democrats are trying to hold on to that senate seat. the governor's office and five house seats also. the republicans are trying to win back. a lot of politics at play. why does all this matter? because of the economy. check this out. brand new numbers from the cnn and opinion research corporation, new national poll, 44% of the people we questioned said the economic conditions right now are very poor. fred, that's up 7 points from july. that pessimism it appears is on the rise according to our new poll numbers. >> i wonder, too, paul, how awkward is this going to be for the president he's going to be campaigning for joe sestak when it wasn't long ago the white house was hoping somebody else would be facing november 2nd, not him? >> reporter: yes, exactly. the white house, at one time, was backing the incumbent here. the longtime senator arlen specter, a republican, who last year changed parties to become a democrat. sestak challenged him. the white house was going to
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back the incumbent. sestak won. he's the democratic nominee. the white house is backing him. who's to blame for the economy? more the republicans or democrats? what do americans think? check these numbers out from cnn opinion research corporation, new national poll out today. more people blame the republicans. 44%. 35% blame the democrats. 16% say, hey, both parties to blame. what about the president? this is interesting. four out of ten. only four out of ten give the president the thumbs up on how he's handling the economy right now. that is a new low in cnn polling, fred. >> all right. which is why this midterm election is going to be so much of a nail biter. thanks so much. paul steinhauser joining us from pittsburgh. paul is traveling with the cnn express bus. it is in pennsylvania. a good part of this week. here's a little bit of preview of what you're going to see this week. >> i just think ohio is a state that people look at, because it has a huge mix in one state. >> i now hate politics. >> you're going to talk to different people and everyone's
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going to have different thoughts. >> it's hard for me to figure out because i grew up in a very republican family. the sarah palins is not part of what i want to be represented by. >> i have almost stopped following it altogether. i think it's a load of crap. >> starting to see republican candidates come out ahead. good, strong candidates. i think we're going to have a good run for it in november. >> jobs need to be brought back to america. i see that part. i don't see anything -- now i have a nice hat that says, my boss is jesus. when i look inside and look at the label, it says made in china. okay. where's made in the usa at? >> okay, just a taste of the sentiments that we're finding as the cnn election express bus makes its way across the country. we'll have special reports throughout this week right here on cnn. let's check in with jacqui jeras one more time. it's labor day weekend and seems like great weather just about everywhere this weekend.
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>> the vast majority of the country is seeing nice conditions. one of the worst spots, though, we always have to talk about the worst of it, because when there's a danger out there we like to stay on the positive as much as possible. but florida, it's really been a lousy weekend here overall. we have a stationary front which has been parked in this area and triggering showers and thunderstorms all day. heavy stuff moving into tampa area. along i-4 toward orlando, south florida getting hit. look at alligator alley, man, it is really coming down there. we're starting to get reports of street flooding in miami-dade county. be aware of that. use a lot of caution if you're going to be driving around. the airports having a little trouble in miami, too, because of thunderstorms. departure delays are about 30 minutes. that's if you're trying to get out of miami as opposed to getting in. that's really the only airport delay that we have so far today. the other trouble that we have going on across parts of the south is a little bit of tropical trouble. potentially. we've got this little wave or this little area of disturbed weather into the bay of campeche
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and the national hurricane center says there's a high chance this is going to develop into our next tropical depression, potentially. whether it does or not, not that important. we don't think there's enough time for this to turn into anything strong, but it is going to be bringing in heavy rainfall especially across southern parts of texas. we could have flooding rains as we head into your monday. if you're traveling anywhere along i-10 and southward, expect popup thunderstorms. the upper midwest, you've had gorgeous weather for the first part of the weekend. second half not so great. we have scattered light rain showers across the area. nothing major now, but a very strong cold front is going to be approaching by tomorrow, and in the afternoon we expect severe thunderstorms. minneapolis toward sioux city, into des moines, kansas city, even into western parts of wisconsin, you've got that risk of large hail, damaging winds and isolated tornadoes. it's going to be very windy with this front coming through. the quarters in particular have a high fire danger because of
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that. though it's gorgeous across parts of the east here, a little breezy as well. ten days since you've seen rain. the fire danger remains high. a lot of campers over the holiday weekend need to be cautious about putting out campfires and being careful as they're out and about. >> you're full of all kinds of great tips today. it's all about safety. i like that, jacqui. >> me and julia roberts, right? >> that's right. thanks so much. all right. meantime, this was a pretty frightening moment for some folks off the coast of charleston, south carolina, and the u.s. coast guard came to their rescue. four adults and three children, right there, there's a photograph after the rescue, they were bobbing in the atlantic ocean. had to abandon their sinking boat. guess what? they spent some 20 hours in the water. luckily they were all wearing life vests. the u.s. coast guard helicopter crew was on the final pass of what had been a six-hour search
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pattern when a crew member spotted them in the moonlight 20 miles off the coast, off charleston. some survivors were clinging to a cooler. last hour i spoke to a member of that rescue team. he described the dangers of this mission. >> the search conditions were ideal. the seas by this time were more calm. the biggest aspect was the fact we didn't actually have a location where the survivors were. and it was very dark. there wasn't very much illumination last night. our biggest task was just finding them. it's very hard to find a person in the middle of the ocean when you don't really know where to start exactly. so the sector did a good job of getting us in the right area. while we were conducting our search pattern, it was our last search pattern we were conducting, we were on one of the legs of our searches. out of the left hand side of the helicopter just happened that the moon, i guess, was reflecting off the water at just the right angle. it made it very obvious that i could see some kind of debris of
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some sorts in the water. that time, we made a right hand turn and our pilot confirmed there was pooeople in the water. >> so incredibly lucky. all seven survivors were taken to a south carolina hospital for evaluation and treatment. 30 days in counting for miners buried alive in chile. trapped but not forgotten. a strong show of support from a group of famous survivors. when the stage is set.
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a group of famous survivors spent part of this weekend at the chilean mine where 33 miners are trapped under ground. the visitors are four members of the uruguay rugby team who survivored 73 days in the andys mountain in 1972. the rugby players communicated with the miners this weekend via video urging them to appreciate their relative good luck. >> translator: i need to ensure this never happens again, but it already has happened and now we need to get them out. that is the most important thing. >> the miners have now been trapped for 31 days.
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cnn's karl penhaul has been at the san jose mine for much of that time talking to friends and family. >> translator: a friend phoned and said the mine has just collapsed and the miners are trapped inside. i said, what? that can't be true. and i began crying. i was crying and i couldn't talk. i was just crying and crying. i said, my claudio can't leave me like this. claudio has to be alive. >> translator: i was stunned by the news, but i didn't cry, i'm not the kind to cry. my wife began to cry and i tried to calm her down. i said, take it easy, we don't know anything for sure just yet. >> translator: i felt rage and pain and frustration.
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i thought, how can they be trapped like that? they're not animals. but here in chile, they've always treated our miners like animals. it's horrible. i miss him so much. he always cheered us up and made us laugh. i just feel so bad. >> translator: those first days were unforgettable. it was huge uncertainty. just waiting and waiting. those were very bitter moments. i was crying day and night. i didn't want to sleep. i held out hope esteban had been outside the mine. when i was crying i hoped he was going to come out and hug me and
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say darling, i'm here, but the hours went by and they reported the names of the missing miners and esteban never came. >> translator: i felt a lot of rage and pain and i felt powerless because i knew this was on accident waiting to happen. a lot of the miners said that they had heard the mountain groaning. >> translator: i never doubted and i had a lot of faith that they were alive and that they were all together and that's how they found them, all together. >> translator: i always had faith, and i stayed calm. and then what happened happened. then the miracle came. >> our karl penhaul is joining us live from chile. karl, what do we know about how the miners were able to keep it
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together? >> reporter: well, they've been having the best possible support that the chilean government can put together and even this last week they also had a four-man team from nasa who was down here to give additional advice to the chilean government. that, on the psychological front, on the medical front and on the nutrition front as well. as they continue to be fed through four-inch holes, holes no wider than that, three of them. they have to live their lives with everything that has to be passed down those holes. there is a good news as well there, because now a more permanent line of communication has been established. both yesterday and today relatives, the family members, have been able to talk from the surface to their relatives via video communication line that's been set up. that's lifted the spirits of the miners half a mile under ground, but it's also lifted the spirits of the family members up here on the surface who really have to set in for this long wait.
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>> quite extraordinary. thanks so much, karl penhaul, for joining us. i appreciate that update. meantime, americans are tossing out tons of food thinking it's bad when actually it is not. and that's costing them plenty. next up, the facts and fiction surrounding food safety. i'm angie everhart, and i lost 34 pounds on nutrisystem. if you've been thinking of starting nutrisystem, there won't be a better time this year. this is your last chance to get our gourmet select line at our lowest price for the rest of the year. i'm marie osmond, and i lost 50 pounds on nutrisystem. i lost over 100 pounds and lowered my blood sugar on nutrisystem d. our summer sales event has a program on sale just for you, but you must act now. that's me 22 pounds ago, and i'm never going back there again. enjoy four perfectly portioned meals a day, including fresh-frozen options. people say i look 10 years younger. i feel 10 years younger. you will not see a lower price for the rest of the year.
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a look at our top stories right now. president barack obama is getting ready to unveil a new plan to stimulate the economy, a permanent extension for a tax credit for business research and development. aides have said the president is also considering a payroll tax holiday and new spending on infrastructure. mr. obama unveils this plan
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wednesday in cleveland, ohio. and a new offer from israeli prime minister benjamin netanyahu aimed at moving the peace process forward. he wants to meet palestinian leader mahmoud abbas one-on-one every two weeks to talk about the agenda for a peace agreement. chief palestinian associater called that, quote, the right approach. the two sides resumed peace talks in washington last week. the failed blowout preventer that led to the huge oil leak in the gulf of mexico has been brought to the surface. investigators say it could provide important clues into what caused the disaster. bp installed a new blowout preventer on the plugged well friday. by some estimates the average american family actually throws out nearly $600 worth of groceries every year. why? well, they think they're actually ditching bad food, but it turns out much of the time it's perfectly food to eat. joining us live from new york,
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food safety specialist, sherry portnoy. good to see you. we're saying it's not as simple as just reading the label, the expiration label? >> exactly. for instance, for perishable food, there's actually no law saying you have to have a certain expiration date. the only thing the fda actually regulates is infant formula. so the numbers that you see on foods like the fish or meat or eggs is really what the manufacturer deems should be face. don't throw things out at all. >> i'm sorry to interrupt you. you mentioned eggs. because specifically eggs in the carton apparently are food for three to five weeks. if we see that expiration date on those eggs, are we saying that the manufacturer is keeping under consideration three to five weeks or we need to say to ourselves, we've got three to five weeks poesst this expirati date? >> say to ourselves three to five weeks. the most important thing is to store the food properly.
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most people if they get sick from an egg it's not because of the expiration date but they didn't store it properly. the important thing about eggs is to keep them in the refrigerator under 41 degrees. >> we're talking about nonperishable foods on the shelf, good for up to five years defending on the acid in the food? like what? >> exactly. for instance, anything canned, the higher the acid level, it's good 1 1/2 years. with a lower acid level it can be good up to five years. >> the only food mandated by the fda to have an expiration date would be infant formula. that you really need to adhere to? >> exactly. that's the only one. the problem is a lot of people see the date, there was a study done. people who ate yogurt and saw the expiration date on the yogurt said it didn't taste good. other people ate the same yogurt, didn't see the expiration date and said it tasted okay. the really important thing is not the date of expiration, but
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actually storing the food properly and keeping it to the right temperature. >> okay. you mentioned that some of these, you know, dates are determined by the manufacturers. about half of the states i guess require perishable goods have that kind of statement on them. let's move on to the sell-by dates. the last days a store can actually sell an item. i've seen that on breads, for instance, but then what about consumption? >> exactly. a sell tate is actually the date that they actually can sell it by, but it's very different than a quality assurance or used-by date. that's the discretion of manufacturer. the manufacturers do testing on it to determine those dates. when you see the sell-by date, that date is for the store. a used-by date or best before date is for the consumer. don't throw it out, don't waste for food. the best thing is to notice those dates can be from how many dates you open the food.
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if you open your milk and it's exposed to air it's going to be good for less amount of time than milk wasn't expose to air. >> what makes people throw away good food? is it because they, you know, are throwing things away upon expiration? i mean, where's the $600 million coming from? >> the expiration date. exactly. exactly. people see the expiration date and think it's not good and they throw it out. don't use that as an indicator. don't waste food. we have enough problem with wasting food. the most important thing with your food is to know to keep cold foods cold and hot foods hot. >> rather, $600 per family in some instances across america. per year that they actually throw out. good food, but now they don't have to thanks to your advice. shary portnoy, thanks. appreciate it. good to see you from new york. >> you're welcome. thank you. when you thought it was safe to go into the potomac river,
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when you hear people talking about sharks in the nation's capital, usually they're talking about politics. this year, literally sharks, potomac river, coming together. pretty scary. just a few miles downstream from the nation's capitol, this is one of two reported bull sharks allegedly caught in the nets. hopefully you'll get to see it, because it is kind of gruesome. to the point where the potomac flows into the chesapeake bay. earlier i spoke to robert hueter of the mote marine laboratory. how rare is this for a bull shark to find its way not just in the potomac river but any freshwater river? >> well, bull sharks are actually a species that are able to come into freshwater. it's very unusual for sharks, but this is one species that
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can. they've been found, for example, up the mississippi river as far north as illinois. >> oh my gosh. >> so they are able to come into the chesapeake bay. getting all the way up to the maryland side, though, is very uncommon. >> hmm. okay. so i would imagine now the experts in that area, marine biologists, et cetera, might be trying to figure out, how in the world might this shark made its way from the atlantic ocean through the chesapeake bay, perhaps, into the potomac river? is this going to be a difficult path to nail down? >> well, it will, but the fact that more than one of these now have been caught, apparently, indicates that there may be other sharks around. there may be other bull sharks around. what they're doing there, who knows. they may be feeding on rays that have been reported to be a little bit more common up in the chesapeake bay in recent years. >> scary stuff. needless to say, if you see a bull shark in the potomac river or anywhere else, keep your distance, he says. bull sharks are considered among
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the most dangerous sharks in the world to humans, and he says whatever you do, try to stay calm. yeah. i'm going to do that, jacqui, when i'm in the water and i see a bull shark. first of all, all i'll see is fin. i won't know what kind of shark. staying calm is going to be hard to do. upon his advice i'm going to try to do that. >> what's your fear factor on sharks? scale of one to ten? >> i've been scuba diving and certainly see sharks. i realize i'm in their territory and i'm okay with it as long as i'm -- but something's different when i'm just above water and swimming along, you know? or water skiing on the potomac river and i see a fin. now i don't know what to do. now i panic actually. >> well, it is a scary thing. it's a real threat. there's always something out there in the water. you know, some people opt for the pool instead. >> yeah. let's talk about that. let's talk about the fun stuff. what are our options here? >> people want to hit the beach this weekend. holiday weekend. a lot of people have been doing
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that. if sharks won't keep you out of the water the threat of rip currents will. that's been a real problem because of what was earl that moved on through here and brought up the waves and created sandbars. we have advisories and that high threat up and down the east coast from florida stretching all the way through nunew engla. it's going to sub side for tomorrow. watch flags if you're thinking of hitting the beach. now, we do have heavy showers and thunderstorms ruining beach plans across the state of florida. gulf coast beaches. this is all really i-10 and southward. it's spotty for the most part with the exception of some of this action in central and southern parts of florida. little flash flooding, by the way, getting reported in miami area. be aware of that. we also have an area of low pressure that could develop into a tropical depression in the next 24 to 48 hours. not a lot of time for this to turn into anything. most of the models are bringing it up this way. either way you slice it, whether it becomes a tropical system or not, it will be bringing very heavy rain to southern parts of texas and throughout the rio valley. be aware of that.
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all right. what about your camping and holiday plans across the upper midwest and inner mountain west? a strong cold front moving through the region today. pretty benign weather. this is more of a nuisance than anything else. the storm intensifies by tomorrow and brings in a risk of severe thunderstorms across the upper midwest. minneapolis, des moines, sioux city, western illinois and western wisconsin, be aware of that. just beautiful on both of the coasts overall. speaking of beautiful, look at this live picture out of atlanta. see centennial olympic park. people staying out of the oceans but in water here, the fountains as you can see. >> that very safe. >> 85 degrees is the temperature. the dew point 43. >> no humidity. >> that's crazy. >> that explains the recent good hair days. >> most people start feeling uncomfortable around 63 degrees. the humidity is very, very low. a lot of people loving this. this brought a couple of record lows across the southeast this morning because the air was so dry. we'll heat up again. >> we can't get used to this.
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it's beautiful, gorgeous, but we know more heat is along the way. usually fall/winter, we go straight from summer to winter. >> three weeks yet till fall. >> thanks, jacqui, appreciate it. is in a new wave of hate sweeping across the u.s.? people across the country say yes. they say islamophobia is alive and all too well. cnn's deborah feyerick takes a closer look. >> reporter: the islamic center and mosque to be built near ground zero is not the only mosque drawing fire. about a dozen others across the country are also under attack. from angry protests and suspected arson in murphysboro, tennessee. >> do you forget 9/11 so fast? >> reporter: to tamecula, california. american mosques in some cases portrayed as monuments to
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terror. >> it's open season on hate toward muslim and islam. >> reporter: why now, especially since the majority of americans have resisted the urge to scapegoat muslims in the year since 9/11? john is a religion and islamic professor at georgetown university in washington, d.c. >> people feel threatened by the economy, by terrorism, et cetera. the risk is that islamophobia will become the kind of new form of discrimination. you know, like anti-semitism, like racism toward blacks. >> reporter: conservatively figures show an estimated 5 million muslims in america. and the intensifying hostility and rise in hate speech is alarming to many, like these clerics who we met at a recent islamic summit in houston. >> you would never hear any mainstream comments, do you think another christian sect could open up a mosque? we have mainstream news presenters just asking the question bluntly, do you think
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muslims should open -- should be allowed to open mosques anywhere they want? >> what changed the game? 19 people changed the game? how did that happen? because we've been your doctor, we've been your x-ray tech, we've been your accountant, we've been serving you slushies for a long time. >> reporter: other prominent american clerics say american muslims are under siege by islamic extremists and some u.s. conservatives. >> you have radical islamic clerics preaching from abroad saying you cannot be an american and muslim at the same time. lo and behold, on the far right you have quite a number of prominent islamophobes saying the exact same message. >> reporter: the ground zero mosque as some call it has whipped up national debate fueled in part by misinformation and fear mongering. yet anti-muslim feelings have been simmering. since last year this youtube video has been viewed more than 12 million times. >> the world is changing.
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it's time to wake up. >> reporter: islam has become a political wedge issue, with politicians like newt gingrich comparing muslims to nazis. >> nazis don't have the right to put up a sign next to the holocaust museum in washington. there's no reason for us to accept a mosque next to the world trade center. >> reporter: in fact, a duke university study finds rather than fuel terrorism in america, contemporary mosques prevent it. national security experts and american muslims fear there's a lot at stake. >> the more they speak and the more they incite people, they, themselves, are a concern to be dealt with and have to be told, you have to stop this rhetoric, it's hurting america's security. >> reporter: right, because it's creating hatred? >> yes, it's creating a lot of hatred. >> reporter: the latest 2008 fbi statistics on hate crimes against muslims don't reflect what's going on now, but experts believe the spike that happened after 9/11 could repeat itself. several amomosques have recentl
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been targeted for violence, security videos capturing an attempted pipe bombing in florida. in new york a cap driver stabbed after being asked if he was muslim. >> we will counter this islamophobia. everybody had it. the irish had it. now it's the time of the muslims. >> reporter: how long it will take to counter is anybody's guess. deborah feyerick, cnn, new york. a student struggling the make the grade and a mother who can't find the answers to help. up next, an unusual house call that may be just what the teacher ordered. ( revving, siren blares ) there's no way to hide it. sir, have you been drinking tonight? if you ride drunk, you will get caught...
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"fix our schools." cnn has a mission to document the nation's education crisis as america's children head back to class. we've been talking about problems and solutions all week long, and this hour we're heading into the home. we sent our education contributor on a house call to help out the taylor family. homework is going undone, mom is struggling to keep her son on track. until principal steve perry rolls up. >> reporter: i'm dr. steve perry. i'm a high school principal. today i'm here to make a house call. we're at the taylor residence with mom, miss jasmine taylor. she's a single mom. her son had a tough time last year, barely made it out of sixth grade. this year we're going to make some changes. that's why i'm here. >> he is a very rambunctious, happy, loving child. if he puts his mind to it he can be a fabulous student. >> this is our warmup for today. >> last year he didn't bring the homework home. where's homework?
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we didn't have any today, i did it in class. everything under the sun most kids come up with for not having homework. he'd be scoring 30s on quizzes, missing five, six homework assignments. i had to take him to see a therapist. i didn't understand why i couldn't get him to understand the simple things. i would want someone to help him educationally, to help him find his best way to focus. because i haven't found it yet. >> reporter: hello. >> how are you? >> reporter: steve perry. >> jasmine taylor. >> reporter: who's this? >> bedroom. could be worse. >> reporter: okay. so what happened? >> yeah. i got home from football practice, my room was worse than this. i cleaned it before i went to bed last night. it just -- see, i didn't make up my bed. just apparently somehow it just all poofed away when i thought about doing it.
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>> reporter: how did you do last year in school? >> i didn't to so well. >> reporter: what happened? >> part of the fault was my teachers. >> what do the teachers have to do with you doing your homework, son? come on, man. last year was a tough year, huh? >> extremely tough year for him. he was a roaring honor roll student. in sixth grade we went from as and bs to ds and fs. >> reporter: one of the first places i look is at how they're doing at physical education, art or music. a kid has to show up and participate. you simply have to do what the adult was in charge tells you to do. i think we know that our little boy has some trouble with that, yes? >> yes. >> reporter: okay. so that's something that happens. this is a tough time for moms. because you've been carrying them for so long. you figure if you let him go he'll just fall down. here's what the thing is.
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he's going to fall. you're going to fall. he's going to. >> okay. >> reporter: that's not the problem. it's what we do with the fall and how we learn from the fall. what we can do to be successful. >> okay. >> reporter: all right? we're going to come up with some very simple strategies. >> okay. >> reporter: and this is the beginning of it. first one is accountability. we're going to break accountability down into two basic parts. the first part is mom and the second part him. another word is responsibility. another way to say accountability. we could change that and put responsibility. one of his assignments was to talk about what he's bad at. do you know what you did? you answered it. you're a single mom, has to help
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out. you can't put all this on you. you can't go to work and go to school and come home and cook and clean while he sits there like the prince of sheeba. >> i have some reservations because of the lack of responsibility. >> reporter: how's he going to learn it? >> burning down a house is not an option. >> reporter: you're not going to let him in there with a match. you have an electric stove. >> if i'm not home the tator tots are burned and so is my house. >> reporter: not going to happen. >> okay. >> reporter: his education has to be his responsibility. you have to take a different role in this. if you watch the littlest ones, the coaches are out on the field, right? as they get older, where do the coaches go? >> on the sidelines. >> reporter: that's right. got to put you on the sideline. >> i'm not trying to say i want to put my mom on the sideline like one of my coaches. i don't -- >> maybe you're ready for me to take a step back? >> yes. >> all right. i can handle that. >> i'm not trying to say you have to because it's --
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>> it's not a bad thing. i can handle taking a step back if i know that you're going to step up in my place. >> reporter: feels good, right? >> it does. i promise you, i struggled last year to pull all of this out of him. i did. and i know now that i allowed the situation of, like, the bad grades, the bad reports of the teachers, to have me put my anger first. >> reporter: as much as i'm a principal, i'm a father, and it's my hope that the relationship i have with my sons is as strong as you have with yours. you should feel very good about yourself. >> thank you very much. >> reporter: proof is on the board. thank you so much. >> thank you. >> reporter: my man. thank you. >> thank you very much. i'm excited. >> so that's just the beginning. dr. steve perry is going to be visiting the taylors again to keep up with them which means
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america's combat mission in iraq may be over, but the pain of fighting in that war and in afghanistan is far from over for thousands of injured american troops. cnn's brook baldwin spoke with one of those soldiers about his life-changing injuries and his recovery at walter reed army medical center. >> reporter: afghanistan, taliban stronghold, one of the most dangerous assignments for u.s. troops and first lieutenant dan bershenski's new home one month into his deployment. >> people were ambivalent at
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best and outwardly whose style, most commonly. rocks and thumbs down middle fingers up. >> reporter: from his first mission outside the wire, this west point graduate realized every day had the potential to be deadly. >> my very first mission, i watched three ieds go off in succession, so from the first day, game on, this place is not friendly. we have to keep off the road as much as possible. >> reporter: they would stick to dirt trails, even orchards. that's where his platoon was patrolling on august 18th of last year. >> we heard an explosion. you could see the dust rise up over the trees. >> reporter: an ied had be triggered and and salve, another explosion. two men were killed. bershinsky unscathed had to hold the area so they could search for the bodies come daylight and as he was walking down a trail, stepped from his compound, another blast. >> i don't really remember a sound or flash. i just remember a pressure, but
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immediately, i knew what had happened. and the next thing i know, i'm just opening my eyes in a bright room in the icu here at walter reed. i didn't even understand that gravity of my injuries. >> reporter: who told you, the doctor? >> they tell you, but it doesn't sink in until you really have the strength and mental clarity to lift your sheets and look. i'm kind of at the point i can walk with one hand, so that's the first step. being able to walk with one cane. >> reporter: dan's left leg amputated above he into the, his right, at the pip. a year after the attack. >> it's a bit frustrating. i wake up every morning and i go, maybe it was all a dream and i think about swinging my legs over the edge of the bed and hopping into the shower, but so far, it hasn't come true. so then, i just go, oh, crap, back to that. >> reporter: here in walter reed, dan now a captain, knows pain is the price of progress. ask his physical therapist, his
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recovery's faster than anyone predicted. >> timewise, i think it's remarkable. from the very beginning, he's been one of those guys that he gets frustrated and he's determined to make it work. >> reporter: dan is taking his rehab step by step and as he remembers that day in afghanistan, this georgia native says he wouldn't have wished it any other way. >> quite honestly, if it hadn't been me walking through those or chart-ds in afghanistan, it would have been some other 25-year-old infantry lieutenant. really, i have no regrets. into regrets. i pause because i have to double-check in my head but, yeah, i've thought about it quite a bit and i don't think i have any regrets. >> extraordinary guy there. the defense department says more than 30,000 american troops were wounded in iraq. 7,000 more in afghanistan. i'm 43 marika whitfield. enjoy the rest of your labor day weekend. tom foreman is up next with more
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